Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level

Criteria for Admission

Regardless of your nationality, if you are applying with Singapore-Cambridge GCE A level results, you may refer to the admission requirements below and apply using this application form. 

Subject Requirements (H1/H2/H3/GP/KI/PW)

  • The University accepts applications from both Science and Arts stream students.

  • ​You should possess good passes in at least three H2 content-based subjects, one H1 content-based subject, Project Work and attempted General Paper (GP) or Knowledge & Inquiry (KI). Other acceptable subject combinations include: four H2 content-based subjects, Project Work and GP; or three H2 content-based subjects, Project Work and KI.

  • While it is recommended that you have taken Mathematics and a Science subject, i.e. Physics or Chemistry, at H2, we do consider your results in Mathematics and the Science subjects taken at H1, O-level or equivalent as well. You may also be encouraged to take bridging modules before start of term.

Mother Tongue Language (MTL)

All Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents are required to fulfil the MTL requirement for admission into full-time publicly-funded undergraduate programmes in the universities.

The MTL requirement may be fulfilled through the following:

  1. a D7 grade for Higher MTL at Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-Level (the iGCSE MTL First Language examination does not fulfil the requirement); or

  2. a pass in MTL ‘B’ or a S grade for H1 MTL/ MTL-in-lieu or H2 MTL Language and Literature or H1 General Studies in Chinese at Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level; or

  3. a pass in MTL A: Literature, or MTL A: Language and Literature, or Language B MTL at Standard or Higher Level at International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (the IB Standard Level Language ab initio does not fulfil the requirement). 

Those who have not fulfilled the MTL requirement may still apply for admission with no prejudice to their application. However, if accepted, they will be required to fulfil the MTL requirement during their course of study. 

Applicants who have been away from Singapore’s school system for some years and have not kept up with the study of their MTL or a language that can be offered as MTL-in-lieu may apply for MTL exemption. The MTL exemption application will be facilitated by the universities as part of the university application, and the results made known to applicants who receive admission offers from the university. Please note that MOE does not accept direct applications for MTL exemption. The application for MTL exemption will also not prejudice the evaluation of the application for a place in the university.

Computation of University Admissions Score (UAS)

When computing the University Admissions Score, we will take into consideration the following:

  • The best three H2 and one H1 content-based subjects, of which one must be a contrasting subject
  • GP or KI (taken in the same sitting as the H2 subjects)
  • Project Work (PW)

Please note that SAT and AP scores are optional. Do visit the US College Board website for details and registration. You should indicate 6532 (SUTD Institution Code) on your SAT registration forms, so that the scores will be sent directly to us by the US College Board.

Revised UAS Computation from AY2026

From AY2026, the following subjects will be taken into consideration for UAS computation:

  • Three H2 content-based subjects
  • General Paper (GP)

H1 Mother Tongue Language and/or the fourth H1/H2 content-based subject may be considered if it improves the UAS.
Note: From AY2026, H2 Knowledge & Inquiry (KI) will no longer be considered in lieu of GP. If offered, H2 KI will be considered as a H2 content-based subject.

Admission Requirement from AY2026

From AY2026, students will be required to obtain a pass grade in Project Work to be eligible for admission.

Online Application Form

For each University Admissions Exercise, we only accept one application from you made through our online application form. Duplicate applications will not be processed.

You may refer to the overview of the online application process for more information.


Is Physics a compulsory subject for admission into SUTD?

Physics is not a compulsory subject for admission into SUTD. SUTD practises a comprehensive review of applications, where we consider all academic and personal attributes to assess if you are able to cope with the rigour of our programme and will fit in well. 

For the former, we look for evidence of competency in Mathematics and the Sciences, i.e. Physics, Chemistry or Biology, in the context of the opportunities afforded to you based on your subject choices. 

Apart from the final year exam results, we also take into consideration your academic performance in the 2-3 years leading to the final exam, including O-Levels, as well as any supplementary tests you may have taken. 

Can I still gain admission if I fail General Paper?

You may still apply even if you did not pass your General Paper. We will take into consideration your grades for other GCE A-Level subjects as well as non-academic credentials in assessing your application holistically.

I did poorly for my A-Level exams. How can I increase my chances of admission into SUTD?

There are various alternative pathways for you to consider, including:

  • Retaking your A-Levels; or

  • Further your studies via the polytechnics, which offer module exemptions of up to two semesters for A-Level graduates in selected courses. These module exemptions allow A-Level graduates to graduate with a polytechnic diploma within 2 or 2.5 years, compared to the usual 3 years. More information on the application process and courses on offer can be found on the respective polytechnics’ websites

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